Speaker Date Topic
Roni Wood Oct 29, 2020
Pedestrian, Bycicle & Crosswalk Safety
Pedestrian, Bycicle & Crosswalk Safety

Roni Wood was first introduced to Best Foot Forward “BFF” one year ago after being struck by a driver in February,2018. She will share her personal story of a one-year recovery and how she is turning her pain into her purpose to keep pedestrians safe.

Every seven minutes in America a person walking is struck by a car or truck.  No more is the problem more severe than in Central Florida where two people are injured every day and one is killed every week while doing something as simple as walking down the street. 

According to Smart Growth America’s Dangerous by Design Report, Central Florida is ranked the #1 most dangerous place for pedestrians to walk in the nation.  Yes, the entire nation.  When Roni heard this, she knew she had to do something about it, so she joined Best Foot Forward/ Bike Walk Central Florida as Community Outreach Specialist to help educate the public. Best Foot Forward has partnered together with city & county governments, local law enforcement, health professionals, school administrators, transportation planners and more to change these numbers.

Best Foot Forward launched in 2012 in Orange County, 2017 in Osceola County and October,2019 in Seminole County, Florida. They kicked off enforcement operations #OperationBFF on February 18, 2020.  It was the largest “operation by far. Over 300 citations and warnings were given out in just a few hours to drivers in Seminole County who did not yield to the pedestrian in the crosswalk.  This operation runs quarterly and with each cycle they are certainly bringing more awareness.

 

Drew Hultgren Nov 05, 2020
Developing a Passion for International Service
Developing a Passion for International Service

Drew Hultgren has been a Rotarian for about 22 years.  He was previously a member of the Rotary Club of St. Cloud (Minnesota), a club with nearly 150 members.  There, he was a Past President, a multiple Paul Harris Fellow, and a member of the District 5950 Global Grants Committee.  Drew's Rotary highlights include attending the International Convention in Bangkok, Thailand in 2012, and traveling to the Dominican Republic on 8 different service project trips with his fellow Rotarians.

Drew has been an attorney for 30 years, including 4 years as an Army JAG attorney.  He was the senior partner of a law firm in central Minnesota until last year when he gave that up to become a missionary.  He is now the Associate General Counsel for Wycliffe Bible Translators in Orlando.  As a side-gig, he also manages Bible translation projects in the Russian Federation.  

Drew has been married to his wife, Karla, for 31 years.  They have 3 adult children, a son who is a Captain in the Army in Hawaii, a daughter who is a registered nurse in Ohio, and another son who is in college in Minnesota.

 

Fernando Rivera PhD Nov 12, 2020
Puerto Rican Migration to Central Florida
Puerto Rican Migration to Central Florida

Fernando I. Rivera, PhD, is a professor of sociology at the University of Central Florida. He has established an ongoing research program in the fields of medical sociology/sociology of health, race and ethnicity, and the sociology of disasters. In the area of health, he has studied the differential patterns of health among Puerto Ricans in the United States by analyzing different social indicators such as: perceived discrimination, residential segregation, and socioeconomic status and their impact on Puerto Rican health.  In the area of race and ethnicity, he has studied racial relations among college students, the process of incorporation of Puerto Ricans to Central Florida, and several aspects of the Puerto Rican diaspora in the US including, health disparities, culture, and discrimination, among others.  For the study of disasters, his work has emphasized on disaster resiliency and the importance of social and economic indicators in promoting resilience to the process of preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery to disasters. He has expanded his disaster resilience work, particularly as it relates to community resilience, to the study of restoration and resilience for an on-going National Science Foundation research grant.

Eugenia Sefcik & Lynn Long, PhD Nov 19, 2020
Orlando Land Trust
Orlando Land Trust

Eugenia Sefcik and her family’s five generations of Floridians have a rich history of community involvement and entrepreneurship in Orlando. Her grandfather started the Eola Coffee Company in 1927 located on the corner of Church Street and Orange Avenue. Eugenia and her husband established Employment Technologies Corporation in 1995 which supplies award-winning job simulations and hiring tools to find and retain talented associates. She also had an 18-year career at Bank of America retiring as a Senior Vice President. Currently, she is involved in real estate management for her family.  Eugenia graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Arts and is an avid supporter of UCF Knight’s football.

Dr. Lynn Long is a fifth generation Orlando resident who was raised in downtown Orlando where Lake Eola was considered the center of family leisure.  Dr. Long is an internationally known expert and speaker on customs and cultures.  She has been engaged in numerous community projects and has served as an advocate for protecting Lake Eola Park and Downtown Orlando development for over 10 years.

TBD Dec 03, 2020
James Bachus Dec 10, 2020
Sustainable Development
Sustainable Development

Professor James Bacchus is the Distinguished University Professor of Global Affairs and Director of the Center for Global Economic and Environmental Opportunity at the University of Central Florida.  He was a founding judge and was twice the Chairman – the chief judge – of the highest court of world trade, the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.  He is a former Member of the Congress of the United States, from Florida, and also a former international trade negotiator for the United States. 

Professor Bacchus is a Global Fellow of the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Canada and an Adjunct Scholar of the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C. He is the Pao Yue – Kong Chair Professor at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China. He served on the High-Level Advisory Panel to the Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, chairs the global Commission on Trade and Investment Policy of the International Chamber of Commerce, and chaired the global sustainability council of the World Economic Forum. For more than fourteen years, he chaired the global practice of the largest law firm in the United States and one of the largest in the world.

Professor Bacchus is the author of the books Trade and Freedom, published by Cameron May in London in 2004, and The Willing World: Shaping and Sharing a Sustainable Global Prosperity, published by Cambridge University Press in 2018. The Financial Times named The Willing World one of the “Best Books of 2018.” He is a frequent writer in leading publications and a frequent speaker on prominent platforms worldwide on numerous topics relating to international law and international political economy.

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